Maleny State High School recently ran the inaugural horse ride and bushwalk day as a fundraiser for the school’s chaplaincy services.

President of the Maleny High School Local Chaplaincy Committee, Paul Tarbuck, said: “The trail ride took place on a 20 hectare property owned by the Government Department of Environment and Science at Crohamhurst (between Maleny and Peachester). 

“Maleny High School uses the property for grazing of some of its herd from the school’s Agriculture faculty. This helps to keep the grass under control.”

The event was attended by more than 30 riders from all over the region who enjoyed riding on the beautiful property, opened especially for the fundraising day. Special permission was obtained from the Department of Environment and Science to use the property for the ride.

Paul continued, “A horse handling demo was presented by experienced horseman Peter Grieve, and Michael Secomb took the bushwalkers out through the picturesque Crohamhurst State Forest, proving to be a mine of information about the local history.”

The event was supported and promoted by several businesses and organisations, including Maple Street Meats, Maleny Bakery, Maleny Vets, Tom Duggan Vet Services, Maleny Rural and Hardware Supplies, Star Discount Chemist, Lights of Eden, Maleny IGA, Maleny Church on the Rise, Maleny Optical and SALT Radio 106.5. 

The Local Chaplaincy Committee also praised the involvement of the Sunny Coast Trail Horse Riders’ Club and all the volunteers who helped out. 

The net amount raised for chaplaincy was over $2000, which is very gratefully received,” said Paul.

At the end of the day, the Golden Horseshoe trophy, a memento of the event, was presented to the school, and will be displayed to mark the inaugural horse ride. 

“The event didn’t involve a competitive aspect,” added Paul, “It was simply a day when people could enjoy the surroundings and one another’s company in an unique way.”

Pictured, in addition to some of the riders, is the Chaplaincy Committee President, Paul Tarbuck, with Chappy Donna Turner, Sunny Coast Trail Horseriders’ Club President, Pat Croft and Maleny High School Principal, Deb Stewart, with the inaugural Golden Horseshoe.